Yesterday, I was talking to a friend about the plans God has for us. My friend commented that oftentimes what God is leading us to do has zero resemblance to what we thank we should be doing and went on to say:
That is why patience and faithfulness are key and NOT outreach and being busy . They are important, but without patience and faithfulness (and love) it is all for naught. I agree! Outreach and being "busy" should be the fruit of patience, faithfulness and love and not the other way around. However, in our zeal we often turn this around and it becomes all about us as opposed to being all about God.
Did you ever play Follow The Leader as a child? I did! You matched your actions exactly to those of the leader. You went where they went, you did what they did. If you were like most children, you weren't content to follow all the time though. You wanted to be the "leader", tell everyone what to do and have everyone else follow you.
Oh the things we would do to try to determine who would be the leader. To be fair, we would do a "choosing game" after arguing about which choosing game we would do and who would get to be "it". LOL! Eeny, meeny, miney, moe... Inka, binka, bottle of ink... or Engine, engine number nine... or of course you could do rock, paper, scissors or choose a number and whoever was closest was it. Children's voices of long ago come back drift through my memory.
Do you know what? We often act like the Christian life is a game. Somewhere a long the line, we decide that it is our turn to be the leader. Remember how that used to happen when we were children? We got tired of the leader and decided it was someone else's turn. Usually that someone else was us. Of course, everyone else was of that same opinion. It was their turn. What usually happened? Someone would get angry, say so and so wasn't being fair, feelings got hurt, sometimes a verbal or physical fight would take place and children would take sides... or not.
Christianity is not a game. There is one leader and that leader is not us. The leader is God. Are we matching His actions? Are we saying what He is saying? Are we going where He says to go or are we trying to be the leader?
Great insight and certainly one of the things we all must look out for is confusing activity with accomplishment. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that even if we give all we have to the poor and give our body to be burned, if we do not have love it is all for nothing.
you know you are right... I've been the "leader" kind of person since I can remember. oldest of three kids, but now as a adult and a christian... I have to remind myself or really the Holy Spirit reminds me that I must let Him lead and willingly be lead by Him, so His plan for my life unfold. I'm right in the middle of one of these times... Its hard to stay right with Him, when all ya like to do is go running ahead and do your own thing... But THANK GOD He really doesn't let me do that very long...
Anyway, sorry for the long comment, Thanks for posting!
good blog for a minute you almost had me singing"can you tell me how to get to"sesame street" with a detour to"mr roger's neighborhood( would have ridden on that trolley lol be blessed